Rebecca West: Words & Music

How to Survive an Emotional Trauma

Emotional trauma is a condition that may cause severe mental and physical stress, and over time, could lead to chronic stress. This could eventually affect your circulatory system, respiratory system, immune system, and your digestive system. Traumatizing events can take a serious toll on those involved.

An emotional trauma contains three common elements:
a) It was unexpected.
b) The person was unprepared.
c) There was nothing the person could do to prevent it from happening.

Considering all of this information, you can easily understand how an emotional trauma can affect your behavior. Life is the survival of pain. No one else has ever felt your pain, exactly like you. You can learn to focus your pain for change, and allow your pain to start working for you!

Key #1 -- Pain passes. Remember this. Your pain is only for a season, so use it as a bridge to change and promotion. "I (the Lord) will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye" (Psalm 32:8).

After my divorce, God granted me such peace, I immediately wanted to reach out to people whose hearts had been broken and torn apart. I realized there were so many people that needed the healing that I had received from God. I could see the brokenness, the confusion, and the hopelessness in their eyes. I had a strong desire to tell them how to survive an emotional trauma! That's why I started writing my book -- Soaring on Angels' Wings.

Key #2 -- Draw close to God in your trial. Run to Him! As you pray for God's peace and comfort, you will "get yourself back," only better, because you have drawn closer to God in your trial. This is an important key to survival. Be consistent in your prayer time. When you are emotionally traumatized, your thinking ability can become "blurred" and Satan can easily find an open door into your life, unless you are reading the word of God and confessing His healing power in your life.

Key #3 -- You need spiritual support to survive! Be sure you have faithful prayer partners and trusted friends to pray with you and for you on a daily basis. I believe that God will send the right person into your life that will be a strong encourager and support to you at this particular time.

Key #4 -- Do not isolate yourself! You may feel like hiding from the world at this time, but this is a number one strategy of Satan! If he can keep you isolated, he will attempt to torment you with negative thoughts that are designed to destroy you. Do not allow this to happen!

Keep your trust in God. This is a very important key to surviving an emotional trauma. Every answer you need to all of your questions is God's word, the Holy Bible. Place your life in His hands. He is the One who can give you the inner peace and joy that you so desperately long to have during this heart-wrenching trial.

My dear friend, there is hope. Don't give up. I am living proof that you can survive. I experienced emotional trauma during my painful divorce -- but more importantly, I have experienced great healing -- and I know it can happen for you. God's healing touch is for everyone! My main mission is to give you the solutions, the answers, that you are so desperately searching for at this time in your life.

"When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles" (Psalm 34:17 Amplified).

You are not alone. You are not the only one who has walked this road. There are those of us who have not only survived an emotional trauma, but we have overcome, and we are continuing our journey in victory! With God, all things are possible! I encourage you -- do not bring your past into your future! Stop talking about your past and start talking about your future! It's time to move on and become all that God has created you to be.

"You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness" (Psalm 30:11 Amplified). You can survive an emotional trauma and live in victory and freedom. All things are possible with God!

~ Rebecca